Two giant pandas on loan from China drew big crowds to Hong Kong’s Ocean Park theme park during their three-month stay from December 1978. Photo: SCMP
Two giant pandas on loan from China drew big crowds to Hong Kong’s Ocean Park theme park during their three-month stay from December 1978. Photo: SCMP

When China first sent giant pandas to Hong Kong’s Ocean Park, and the big crowds they drew

  • Two giant pandas, Bao Ling and Bao Li, arrived at the city theme park to great fanfare in December 1978, the Post reported
  • Fresh bamboo for them to eat was sent twice daily from the zoo in Guangzhou that had loaned them, and over three months they were seen by 800,000 park visitors

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Two giant pandas on loan from China drew big crowds to Hong Kong’s Ocean Park theme park during their three-month stay from December 1978. Photo: SCMP
Two giant pandas on loan from China drew big crowds to Hong Kong’s Ocean Park theme park during their three-month stay from December 1978. Photo: SCMP
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